Brett Favre and Peyton Manning have other plans for visiting Miami in early 2010.
Already Pro Bowl regulars, they were selected to this season’s game Tuesday.
No Seahawks were selected, though two former Seattle players – Philadelphia fullback Leonard Weaver and Minnesota guard Steve Hutchinson – were named to the NFC squad.
Favre was among eight Vikings who made the NFC team, while Manning was one of six Indianapolis Colts on the AFC squad.
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It will be Favre’s 11th Pro Bowl and the 10th for Manning. No other quarterback has been to 10.
Naturally, both of them – and every other player chosen for the Pro Bowl whose team has made the playoffs – are thinking of appearing in another game in South Florida, the Super Bowl.
All six of the quarterbacks made the playoffs and, of course, would prefer to be playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Miami. The Pro Bowl has been moved to the previous Sunday at Dolphin Stadium, and no Super Bowl participants will play in the all-star game.
As Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco said on Twitter after discovering the AFC North champions have nobody going to the Pro Bowl:
“Just been informed myself nor any of my teammates made the Pro Bowl-bengal fans we wouldn’t be (able) to play in it anyway! SUPER BOWL BABY!!!”
Favre will be a backup to New Orleans’ Drew Brees, the NFL’s top-rated passer. The other NFC quarterback will be Aaron Rodgers, who replaced Favre in Green Bay last year.
“When you are voted in as a quarterback, you really represent the entire offense and the team,” Brees said, “because there isn’t anything I can accomplish without the offensive line, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. So this is a recognition of what we’ve been able to achieve as a unit, and I’ve been thrilled to be a part of an offense that has worked together so well this season.”
Tennessee running back Chris Johnson, the league’s leading rusher, also made the AFC team, along with NFL receptions leader Wes Welker of New England. Manning will be backed up by New England’s Tom Brady and San Diego’s Philip Rivers.
Saints backup defensive end Bobby McCray was arrested early Tuesday and charged with driving while intoxicated and other counts, police said. ... Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who has missed the past six games with a left knee injury, may not be ready to play Sunday in Miami. ... The Lions say rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick, had successful surgery on his right knee. ... Bears cornerback Charles Tillman could miss the season finale against Detroit after breaking his ribs during the 36-30 overtime win over the Vikings on Monday. ... The Falcons signed former Ravens kicker Steve Hauschka after Matt Bryant suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s win over Buffalo. ... Former Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson continued to blast his former team’s play in the final game at Giants Stadium, telling ESPN radio, “When you’re closing up your stadium in front of your fans and a team comes in and gangster-slaps you in front of your fans, you should be angry. I didn’t see that in these guys. And I was disappointed.”